Gloucester History Festival Spring Weekend 2023

 Friday 21 – Sunday 23 April


Spring Weekend 2023

A weekend of talks – live at the beautiful Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

Professor Alice Roberts, Greg Jenner, Peter Frankopan, Tim Marshall and Kavita Puri are just some of the 20 speakers taking us on a quest into past, present and future this Spring. 

A Royal Weekend: A fortnight before the Coronation we feature no less than a dozen monarchs in our three-day programme. From Alfred the Great to Elizabeth I, Tutankhamen to the Tudors and Henry VIII to Charles III, where better to explore royalty than in Gloucester where Henry III was crowned – and under the Blackfriars beams which he himself donated. 

The History of Now: If you’ve been trying to make sense of where the world has reached join us to explore politics, power and space with Tim Marshall, the Cold War and its legacy in Ukraine with Martin Sixsmith and the aftermath of The Great Partition with Yasmin Khan and Kavita Puri.

The Spring Pass

Enjoy 14 of the Festivals’ events for just £100 saving 30% on ticket prices.

The pass admits you to all Spring Weekend events between 21-23 April apart from Buried with Professor Alice Roberts. Your seat can be reserved at the time of booking and this will give you the same booked seat for all your events.

Please scroll down for the full Spring Weekend Programme and Box Office and Ticketing information or use the buttons above. Use the search function on the left below to narrow your search.

Spring Weekend 2023 Events




fri21apr12:00 pmfri1:00 pmThe Secrets of Gloucester’s Westgate StreetAndrew Armstrong & Phil Moss

fri21apr2:00 pmfri3:00 pmFuture of Geography: How Power & Politics in Space Will Change Our WorldTim Marshall

fri21apr4:00 pmfri5:00 pmThe Red Prince: John of GauntHelen Carr

fri21apr6:00 pmfri7:00 pmHenry III, Westminster Abbey & the CoronationDavid Carpenter

fri21apr8:00 pmfri9:00 pmWhat Makes A Great Monarch?David Carpenter, Helen Carr & Janina Ramirez

sat22apr12:00 pmsat1:00 pmThe Earth TransformedPeter Frankopan

sat22apr2:00 pmsat3:15 pmBuriedProfessor Alice Roberts

sat22apr4:00 pmsat5:00 pmAsk A Historian!Greg Jenner & Janina Ramirez

sat22apr6:00 pmsat7:00 pmFemina: A New History of the Middle Ages Through the Women Written Out of ItJanina Ramirez

sat22apr8:00 pmsat9:00 pmInside The Cold War Mind: The War of NervesMartin Sixsmith

sun23apr12:00 pmsun1:00 pmGloriana: Elizabeth I & the Art of QueenshipSiobhan Clarke

sun23apr2:00 pmsun3:00 pmFortress of God: Alfred, Aethelflaed, Gloucester & the Reconquest of EnglandAndrew Armstrong

sun23apr4:00 pmsun5:00 pm20th Century Prime Ministers: Harold WilsonNick Thomas-Symonds

sun23apr6:00 pmsun7:00 pmThe Partition of IndiaYasmin Khan & Kavita Puri

sun23apr8:00 pmsun9:00 pmUnearthing Tutankhamun: 100 Years OnJanina Ramirez

Visiting the History Festival Spring Weekend 

Ticket booking information

Bookings are avilable online, by phone and via the in-person Box Office at the Museum of Gloucester

Book by phone: 01452 396131

Book in person:

Museum Of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00-17.00, Sunday 11.00-16.00

There is a Box Office onsite but we recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

Reservable seating: you can now choose and book specific seats when you book online, via phone or in person.

Book signings organised by Waterstones take place after each event.

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